Weeds is currently concentrating on more straight ahead projects including his quartet with pianist / composer Sharon Minemoto, bassist Jodi Proznick and drummer Jesse Cahill. He is also a member of The Night Crawlers which released their debut CD, Presenting on Cellar Live in 2007, and was nominated for Album Of The Year at the National Jazz Awards in 2008. The Night Crawlers have just completed their second CD featuring legendary saxophonist Red Holloway. The B3 Kings is a seasonal quartet featuring Denzal Sinclaire on voice / drums, Chris Gestrin on b3 organ and Bill Coon on guitar. The band recorded a CD that was released in 2005 that has been a hit worldwide and sold over 2000 units. The band continuously sells out venues in Western Canada during the Christmas season.
Perhaps Weeds' biggest musical accomplishment came in January, 2008 when he recorded his first CD as a leader featuring New York heavyweights guitarist Peter Bernstein, organist Mike Ledonne and drummer Joe Farnsworth. BIG WEEDS was released to critical acclaim across the continent. The CD debuted on the Jazz Week chart at #49 and made it all the way up to #17. Big Weeds also graced BOB PARLOCHA'S TOP 40 LIST making it as high as #9. Big Weeds was recently nominated for ALBUM OF THE YEAR at the 2009 NATIONAL JAZZ AWARDS and was selectted by Jazz Week as one of the Top 100 Releses of 2008.
In August, 2008 Weeds shared the stage with yet another New York heavyweight, trumpeter Jim Rotondi. The nights were a huge success and led to the formation of THE CORY WEEDS QUARTET feat. JIM ROTONDI. The band recorded their first CD in January, 2009 and will be embarking on a Canadian and U.S. tour in the fall of 2009.
"..the main reason to acquire Big Weeds is for the excellent playing of the leader, who creates one colorful solo after another. Hopefully there will be many more recordings in the future from this club owner/label head." Scott Yanow - All Music Guide
In 2006 Weeds was a member of the saxophone section that backed up Paul Anka. Weeds performed 6 concerts with the iconic singer. Weeds has also shared the stage with international superstars such as Lou Donaldson, David Fathead Newman, Charles McPherson, Harold Mabern, Scott Hamilton, Ian Hendrickson-Smith and Mike DiRubbo to name a few. He has also shared the stage with locals like Brad Turner, Mike Allen, Hugh Fraser, Don Thompson, Oliver Gannon, Cam Ryga and Ross Taggart.
In 2000 Weeds embarked on perhaps the most challenging journey of his young career purchasing The Cellar Restaurant /Jazz club. Since the purchase Weeds has single handedly turned it into one of the continents most respected jazz rooms. It has been voted in the Top 100 Jazz Clubs Worldwide by Downbeat Magazine four times and is often compared to New York’s Village Vanguard for its ambiance and acoustics. The club has hosted the likes of Charles McPherson, Frank Wess, Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, George Coleman, Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Benny Golson, Tom Harrell, Buddy Montgomery and David Fathead Newman to name a few. It is however the local talent that graces The Cellar’s stage that makes it such a special place. The Vancouver jazz scene is very rich and diverse with incredible talent. The Cellar is a place where they can play their music uninhibited.
"The hardest working man in the jazz-business!" - Kate Hammett-Vaughan